- any of a genus (Lupinus) of plants of the pea family, with palmately compound leaves, racemes of white, rose, yellow, or blue flowers, and pods containing beanlike seeds: used for forage, green manure, etc.
- the seed of the European lupine (Lupinus albus), used in some parts of Europe as food
Origin of lupineMiddle English lupyne from Classical Latin lupinus from lupus, wolf: reason for name uncertain
- of a wolf or wolves
- wolflike; fierce; ravenous
Origin of lupineClassical Latin lupinus from lupus, wolf
Any of numerous plants of the genus Lupinus of the pea family, having palmately compound leaves and colorful flowers grouped in spikes or racemes. Some species are cultivated as ornamentals and others for their edible seeds.
Origin of lupineMiddle English from Old French lupin from Latin lupīnum from neuter of lupīnus wolflike ; see lupine 2.
- Characteristic of or resembling a wolf.
- Rapacious; ravenous.
Origin of lupineFrench from Latin lupīnus from lupus wolf ; see w&llowring;kwo- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more lupine, superlative most lupine)